Keeping possession of the ball in tight areas like the penalty area is key to creating goal scoring chances.
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Coaching first touch needs lots of repetition of the problem passes that players receive during a match. Having the ability to control poor passes is key to keeping possession and winning games.
- Dribble using the leg furthest away from the defender and try to use the outside of the foot
- Try to take the defender into areas that are more attacking to take the initiative
- Use feints and skills to create space and give time on the ball
- Finish on goal as soon as possible
- Movement is key to keeping the defender at bay
- Be ready for quick transition if the ball is lost
- Always know where the ball is and player they are marking
- Position the body sideways so reaction speed is faster
- Be on balls of feet so reaction also quicker
- Use defensive feints to trouble the attacker and cause mistakes
- When attacker is close eyes on ball not on player
- Don't jump in and make it easier for the attacker
- If beaten by the attacker's skill sprint to the goal to defend it
- The defence must keep their lines tight and narrow so as not to get beaten.
- It is very important that defenders win the second ball after an attacking player shoots on goal.
- Be ready for quick transition if the ball is won
- 25 Mins
- 7 Players
- 1 Goals
- 3 Bibs
- Penalty Area y
What the Players Do
For this drill you need to use the penalty area coned off to focus on the area in front of goal, 7 players, a goal, bibs, cones and balls. Play for 25 minutes.
The four attackers start with…